List of The Hunger Games characters

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The following is a list of characters in The Hunger Games trilogy, a series of young adult science fiction novels by Suzanne Collins that were later adapted into a series of four feature films.

Main characters[edit]

At the reaping for the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss' sister Prim's name is pulled by District 12 chaperone, Effie Trinket, but Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place. During the presentation of the tributes, her designer, Cinna, includes live flames in her costume, giving her the nickname "[the] Girl on Fire". During the pre-Game interviews, Peeta, Katniss' fellow tribute from District 12, expresses his love for her on live television. Katniss assumes it is a ploy to gain attention from wealthy sponsors. Later, she begins to believe that his love is real, though she is uncertain of her own feelings. During the Games, Katniss forms a genuine friendship with Rue (District 11 tribute), a 12-year old girl who reminds Katniss of her sister. After the two form an alliance and a plan to destroy their enemies supplies, things go awry and Rue is killed with a spear by Marvel from District 1, whom Katniss promptly shoots with her signature bow and arrow. Halfway through the Games, a new rule is instituted allowing both tributes from a district to become victors. Katniss and Peeta work together, eventually killing the last tribute, Cato (District 2). However, instead of being announced victors, the rule is revoked and only one winner is to be allowed. Katniss decides that they should eat poisonous nightlock berries, killing themselves and leaving the Games with no winner. As a result, Seneca Crane hastily ends the Games, and declares both Katniss and Peeta as winners. This is seen by the Capitol's people as an act of undying love, but is seen by Capitol officials and rebels in many districts as an act of defiance. The act makes Katniss a symbol of rebellion for the Districts against the Capitol. Upon returning to District 12, Katniss becomes aware of her indifference of feelings towards Peeta.
Months later, Panem's leader, President Snow, visits Katniss in her home before the annual victory tour. It is revealed that her and Peeta's actions that helped them win the previous games was seen as an act of rebellion and caused a few uprisings in some of the districts. In order to calm the situation, Snow suggests Katniss convince the country of her and Peeta's love. By the end of the victory tour, with the country still seemingly unconvinced, Snow announces the 75th Hunger Games (the country's third Quarter Quell) in which all tributes are to be selected from the existing pool of victors. Being the only living female victor from District 12, Katniss is again reaped to compete in the games, alongside Peeta, who volunteers after their previous mentor, Haymitch Abernathy's name is called. During these games, Katniss and Peeta ally themselves with Beetee and Wiress (District 3), Finnick Odair and Mags (District 4), and Johanna Mason (District 7). Mags and Wiress are killed, however the remaining allies make it to the final 7, along with Brutus and Enobaria (District 2). After a plan suggested by Beetee to electrocute the remaining two tributes goes awry, Katniss blows up the arena by shooting a flaw in the force field with an arrow trailing an electrical wire. Katniss, Finnick, and Beetee are rescued from the arena by the rebels and taken to District 13, though the remaining alliance members Peeta and Johanna are taken by the Capitol.
Upon regaining the majority of her mental and physical stability, the rebels approach Katniss about becoming the "Mockingjay" of the revolution. She eventually agrees and assists by filming short promos that are aired throughout the districts. After going through training, she is sent on a mission to the Capitol to carry out President Snow's assassination, alongside Gale and Finnick Odair. Peeta, who was successfully rescued from the Capitol, joins them. The Capitol injected Peeta with tracker jacker venom, causing him to forget a lot, including his feelings towards Katniss. When they first reunite in District 13, he tries to kill her. He is sent to join the mission to the Capitol, however, after weeks of counseling and attempts to set him straight again. The majority of the rebels in Katniss' crew is killed along the way to President Snow's mansion. A bomb goes off, killing her sister, who was in the Capitol to nurse the wounded rebels back to health. Katniss is left burned from the bombing near the President's mansion, right before the end of the war. She is rescued and nursed back to her own health, while informed that the rebels won the war and have President Snow's execution set, to be carried out by Katniss herself. After speaking with President Snow, she realizes that it was President Alma Coin of District 13 (who has also become the new president of Panem since Snow's capture), who ordered the bombing that killed Prim. At the execution, instead of shooting her arrow at President Snow, she kills Coin to avenge Prim's death and prevent someone as brutal as Coin from taking Snow's place. After being excused for Coin's murder, as she was still seen as mentally unstable, Katniss is sent back to District 12. She contemplates suicide until Peeta comes back from Dr. Aurelius's. Despite his flashbacks from his torture and her nightmares, they grow back together. In the epilogue, set fifteen years after the end of the story, it is implied that she married Peeta, and they have two children, one girl and one boy.
During The Hunger Games, Peeta is certain that Katniss will win because of her experience in hunting. Peeta defends Katniss, and even declares his love for her on public television. Though Peeta is sincere, Katniss does not truly return Peeta's affections; she initially believes he is simply trying to curry favor with the public and with the sponsors. At the end of the Games, they are the last two tributes remaining. The revision to the rules, which allowed two tributes to become victors if they originated from the same district, was revoked in an attempt for a more dramatic, and therefore audience-pleasing, ending. But rather than fight to the death, Peeta and Katniss threaten suicide with nightlock berries, forcing the Gamemakers to declare both of them victors. After the Games, it was revealed that Peeta had contracted blood poisoning from a wound he sustained in the Arena. Though Katniss had saved him in the Arena, he underwent surgery following the Games. The damage resulted in the loss of his left leg, forcing Peeta to use a prosthetic leg. Peeta is nicknamed "Lover Boy" by the Careers because of his love for Katniss.
Catching Fire opens with Peeta being "icy" and "unreachable", believing that the affection Katniss showed during the previous year's Games was a ploy. When President Snow announces the Third Quarter Quell, Peeta makes a deal with Haymitch to keep Katniss alive and safe – he volunteered himself, in Haymitch's place, in order to protect Katniss. He lies to the Capitol in an effort to try to save Katniss from returning to the Games by saying that they are married and that she is pregnant. During the Third Quarter Quell, Peeta and Katniss are part of the group that destroys the Arena. While rebels from District 13 rescue Katniss, Peeta is captured by Capitol forces.
In Mockingjay, he is tortured physically and mentally in an attempt to reveal information regarding Katniss and her whereabouts. Although he and others are eventually rescued, the Capitol tampered with his memories by using tracker jacker venom – a process called "hijacking" – which leaves him frightened and unstable. Believing that Katniss is a muttation, and remembering only a twisted version of their experiences in the Games, Peeta attempts to kill Katniss, but fails. With help from District 13 doctors, Prim, and other friends, he slowly begins to regain parts of his real memories, although the process is overwhelming and tedious for him. President Coin sends him on the final mission into the Capitol with the squad of soldiers that includes Katniss, Gale, and Finnick, where he struggles with his memories and mental trauma. It is believed President Coin's intent was for Peeta to become insane and kill Katniss, turning her into a martyr. However, Peeta manages to prevent this from happening, even insisting that he be handcuffed constantly in case he loses control and hurts someone. Realizing the danger in which he puts the group and the difficulty he causes them, he asks to be killed when it seems that he will lose control and try to kill Katniss. Katniss fiercely refuses and kisses him, which seems to make him stable. Peeta later votes not to have another Hunger Games (featuring children of the Capitol as tributes) to avenge the children that participated in previous years. When the war ends, Peeta survives and eventually returns to District 12 with Katniss. Later he and Katniss marry, and have two children – a girl and a boy – who are able to live in a world without the Hunger Games.
Peeta is 16 years old in The Hunger Games and 17 years old in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. He has a talent for art (he tells Katniss he was responsible for decorating the cakes at his family's bakery) and reveals that his favorite color is orange. When he is recovering his memory after he was "hijacked," Katniss reminds him that he likes the soft kind of orange like the sunset, not the bright kind.
In the second book, Catching Fire, Katniss returns to District 12, but their relationship cannot continue as it was, since Katniss and Peeta must play the part of lovers due to threats from the Capitol. Gale confesses his love for Katniss after she asks him to run away with her. Soon after, he is brutally whipped in public for hunting on Capitol land. He and Katniss prepare to fight as it becomes clear that a rebellion is about to begin. However, Katniss, along with Peeta, are selected for the Third Quarter Quell and must leave District 12 to return to the Games. Once again, Gale is forced to say goodbye to Katniss as she prepares for a fight to the death.
In Mockingjay, Gale fights in the rebellion in an epic war. District 12 is destroyed, and Gale leads approximately 10% of the population to safety. The survivors are forced to move to what is left of District 13. Once the people of District 13 are aware of Gale's heroism, they reward him with a higher ranking and a communicuff (which is later taken from him as punishment for helping Katniss in the war). Toward the end of the book, his relationship with Katniss deteriorates because he feels responsible for the death of Prim, Katniss's sister (caused by a bomb he had constructed). He mentions that he would always remind Katniss of Prim's death, which Katniss silently agrees with. Afterwards, Gale decides to remain in District 2.
After his victory, he became an alcoholic and has spent almost all of the next 24 years intoxicated. Being the only surviving victor from District 12 (one of only two in the history of the Games), Haymitch was forced to mentor all of its tributes, which consumed him with guilt by being forced to participate in the Games that he hated. He dealt with these feelings with alcohol and openly flouting the dignity of the games. He treats Peeta and Katniss with contempt and is sarcastic, expending no effort to help them. However, when Katniss confronts him, he is stirred from his stupor and emerges as the pair's greatest advocate, impressed by her determination and Peeta's patience. Haymitch shows himself to be highly canny as he guides his protégés in a cleverly designed, highly unorthodox strategy aimed at ensuring the survival of both tributes.
In the book Catching Fire, the liquor supply in District 12 runs out. As a result, Haymitch suffers from alcohol withdrawal. It is left to Katniss and Peeta to coax him back to health (and get him more liquor). After this incident, Katniss begins to develop a true affection and respect for him. When Katniss discovers that Haymitch and his allies from District 13 and the Capitol failed to save Peeta from the arena as they did for her, she claws him in the face. In Mockingjay, Haymitch is forced to go through detox in District 13, as they do not permit the consumption of alcohol. After this, he continues to serve as a mentor to Katniss and Peeta; however, he never truly repairs his relationship with either of them, and goes back to his drinking after the war ends. Haymitch and Katniss, despite nearly always working towards the same goals, are usually hostile towards one another, because they have similarly prickly personalities; also, Katniss and Peeta both resent Haymitch for keeping information from both of them, sometimes at the request of the other.
Prim is thoughtful and sweet. She is a skilled healer, having been taught by her mother. In Mockingjay, Prim is singled out by District 13 to be trained as a doctor. During Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Katniss sees a change in her personality, as she has become more solemn and mature. Katniss stated in the books that Prim is "the only person I'm certain I love."
At the Reaping for the 74th Hunger Games, Prim's name is pulled by Effie Trinket to be the female tribute for District 12. Katniss volunteers to take her place in the Games. As she leaves for the Capitol, Prim makes Katniss promise to try hard to win the Games. This promise guides many of Katniss's actions in the game, while Katniss's sacrifice for Prim making her a popular symbol in the Capitol as people love the story, prompting Johanna to note that the Capitol will never threaten Prim to get to Katniss because of the potential outcry.
In Mockingjay, Prim is sent by President Alma Coin into the rebellion battle against the Capitol to serve as a casualty nurse. During this battle, Prim is killed in a bombing, causing Katniss to fall into a deep depression. President Snow later reveals to Katniss that the bombing was planned by the rebels to galvanize public opinion against the Capitol to make people think that the Capitol caused the accident, and then had timed a second explosion to detonate when the medical corps arrived to assist survivors. Katniss had been told by Gale that this was a strategy being contemplated by the rebels. Knowledge of this information leads Katniss to execute President Coin, instead of President Snow.


Minor characters[edit]


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